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Azme Kabir

Guard Lauren Dobbs, 12, breaks down the court by dribbling past her Collins Hill defender.

The varsity girls basketball team rallied back in the second half against Collins Hill to win 33 – 27, securing the team’s position in the region tournament play-in game against Mountain View. Bree Orellana, 12, led the team with 17 points, and Lauren Dobbs, 12, contributed a strong defensive effort. The region win coincided with senior night, where seniors Mairin Halama, 12, Orellana, 12, Dobbs, 12, and Zarah Akwiwu, 12, were honored.

Teammates Akwiwu and Halama agree that taking better care of the ball, communication, and a tremendous defensive effort were key to their second-half success. Head Coach Huckaby’s speech at halftime prompted the shift in play, encouraging the team to work together. “We played phenomenal defense that led them to only score three points in the whole second half. We got into our opponents’ heads and held each other accountable to make the win possible,” Akwiwu said.

Additionally, Halama believes that the energy of Senior Night also motivated the team in their comeback effort. “There was a lot of energy, and everyone was just so excited, which helped our play,” she said.

For the four seniors, it was bittersweet, as it was their last home game of the regular season. They have played together since 6th grade; thus, the friendships and memories beyond the court have been a monumental aspect of each player’s life. “I have made so many great memories being a part of the program and have learned a lot the last four years. They are like my second family,” Halama said.